University of Missouri
College of Arts & Science

Professor Emerita Recognized for a Lifetime of Translation

Margaret Peden

Margaret Sayers “Petch” Peden, professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri, has received the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation from the PEN America Center. Named in honor of U.S. translator Ralph Manheim, this literary award is given every three years to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work. The medal is awarded in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the field of literary translation.

“I was thrilled to find out I received this award,” says Peden. “I can’t think of anything I would rather win.”

Since 1968, Peden has translated 65 books from Spanish to English and is considered one of the leading translators of her time. She won the biannual 2010 Lewis Galantière Translation Prize from the American Translators Association for Celestina .

The Ralph Manheim medal is one of many awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centers around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the major American literary prizes. Peden will receive the award in October at a reception in New York.

By Laura Lindsey, College of Arts and Science
September 18, 2012